Sunday, February 07, 2010

PS3 Utilized by Air Force for Supercomputer

PS3 Utilized by Air Force for Supercomputer Posted February 2, 2010 by James Brightman - "The PlayStation 3, with its Cell processor and SPUs, is a very powerful machine (one look at Uncharted 2 would tell you that). Its power has been put to use for other purposes besides games, such as cancer research through the distributed computing project Folding@Home, and now it would appear that the U.S. Air Force has become quite interested in Sony's platform too.

According to Stars and Stripes, the PS3's price-to-performance ratio was so attractive that an Air Force research team decided to order 1,700 more units to complement the 336 they already have. The 2,000+ PS3s will be linked together to form the 500 TeraFLOPS Heterogeneous Cluster, which runs nearly 100,000 times faster than high-end computer processors on the market currently. This Air Force research group was awarded a $2 million grant for the project.

The article doesn't say but it is highly likely that this cluster will be running Linux a la the Beowulf project. Can you imagine the possibilities for future development now that supercomputers are becoming more and more available for research and modeling?
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